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Joseph R. Brubaker

Key Bank Tower
36 S. State Street
Suite 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Brubaker is a member of the International section. He focuses on foreign direct investment, international trade and international dispute resolution.


  • Foreign Direct Investment: Advises clients in making investments and establishing companies worldwide and has assisted clients in Australia, Belarus, Fiji, Georgia, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Sierra Leone in the airport, agriculture, higher education, insurance, mining, oil and gas, trading and charitable industries. Also serves as counsel to clients on real estate acquisitions and construction projects in numerous nations and has concluded transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, India, the Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Switzerland and South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
  • International Trade: Advises clients on importing and exporting  goods, services and funds. Has advised clients on international trade regulations in the United States and in Europe, including export and anti-boycott regulations (EAR), international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR), anti-money laundering regulations (FinCEN), asset control regulations (OFAC) and food and drug regulations (FDA). He has also advised clients on funds transfers and letters of credit as well as on the anti-bribery (FCPA), anti-terrorism and tax implications of cross-border transactions. Served as counsel to the People’s Republic of China in The Doha Round trade negotiations of the World Trade Organization.
  • International Dispute Resolution: Serves as counsel to clients in international disputes and has represented companies and sovereigns in international disputes, including before the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits. Particular expertise in international arbitration and has served as counsel in successfully enforcing foreign arbitral awards in New
    York and Utah under international law.
  • Prior Experience: Before joining Kirton McConkie, worked at an international law firm in the Washington D.C., Paris, Tokyo and New York offices and served as counsel to the Republic of Bulgaria, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of the Philippines, Romania and the Republic of Uzbekistan. He also represented the International Finance Corporation, the Bank of Costa Rica and the Bank of China as well as served as counsel to financial institutions in Canada, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, and Luxembourg.
  • Adjunct Professor: Taught courses on international law as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Clerkship: Served as a clerk at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France.

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Brigham Young University Law School, Provo, UT

University of Cambridge, LLM, First Class Honors, 2007

Columbia Law School, JD, 2006

  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Parker School Recognition of Achievement in Foreign
    and Comparative Law

University of Utah, BA, President's Scholar, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 2014
  • Practicing International Law, 2013
  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • New York, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Pro Bono Award: Assisted in constitutional reform in the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, focusing on equal protection, freedom of expression, separation of powers, and the political question doctrine (2010)
  • Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria: First Place for Claimant's Memorandum, Honorable Mention for Respondent’s Memorandum, Oral Team Semi-Finalist (2006)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Corporate Counsel 
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers: Rising Star for International (2016)